The Kansas City Chiefs were seriously in danger of forfeiting Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, but they were willing to go to the extreme to make sure their players were on that field that afternoon.
If the Chiefs couldn’t wear their own equipment, they were going to play the game wearing high school helmets. You read that correctly.
The team was prepared to wear helmets from Masconomet Regional High School if their equipment did not arrive to Gillette Stadium, according to Dom Nicastro of the MetroWest Daily News.
“It was a representative from Riddell, a company that makes football helmets. The Chiefs were desperate trying to replace misplaced equipment before their professional football game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Sunday, Dec. 8.
They would have had to forfeit the game had the crisis gone unsolved. And Riddell called on Masconomet to help the Patriots’ opponent.
Why Masco’s helmets? Well, they look identical to the Chiefs’ helmets.
Each is red with white arrowheads on the side and red lettering. What’s the one big difference? Masco has an “M” inside its high school Chieftains arrowhead, and the NFL Chiefs have “KC” inside theirs.”
In the end, we saw the mad dash to get the Chiefs their proper equipment to the game and they would go on to not only beat the Patriots 23-16, but clinch the AFC West title for their fourth consecutive division title and marks the Chiefs’ sixth playoff appearance in seven seasons under coach Andy Reid.
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